Humanely Controlling the Growing Feral Cat Population
The Trap-Neuter-Return Project is a humane and effective way to control Ontario’s growing feral cat populations. Tax-deductible contributions are accepted on behalf of the Ontario Feral Cat Project at Ontario City Hall, Eastern Oregon Animal Health, Ontario Animal Hospital and here at Four Rivers Veterinary Clinic.
Ontario Feral Cat Project
The Ontario Feral Cat Project is a non-profit organization operated by donations and volunteers. The program is designed to reduce our community’s feral and stray cat overpopulation by using a technique of trap, neuter and return (TNR) to existing monitored colonies. Although not part of our core mission, we also try to find good, loving homes for adoptable cats and kittens. We serve Ontario, Oregon.
OFCP is possible because our community cares about what happens to animals. We work for donations 365 days per year to keep this going. All of the veterinary clinics in Ontario participate in the Project, with the veterinarians all donating their time. Local businesses have been very generous in donating supplies and services as well as cash. Our volunteers are fantastic! We have no paid employees; all the TNR, cat care and fundraising is done by volunteers.
We started the project in 2009 at the request of the Ontario Police Department. After several months of fund-raising and some great support from the City of Ontario, we did our first trapping on November 5, 2009. Since then we have TNR’d 2,155 cats! We trap between 30 and 60 cats per month. Our best month – at 92 cats, was November, 2013.
We don’t have a shelter or any facility that is suitable for caring for cats other than temporarily before and after their surgeries. It is a challenge every time we are asked to take in cats or kittens. When we take in cats or kittens we have to find a foster home for them. Our fosters are dedicated individuals who donate their time to care for and socialize cats so that we can find permanent homes for them. We have found permanent homes for more than 300 cats and kittens (probably many more, but we only started keeping records on adoptions in mid-2013.)
Check out our gallery of some of our recipients…
We partner with PetSense in Ontario, PetSmart in Meridian and Petco in Nampa to find homes for cats and kittens that are socialized and adoptable.
We have several projects each year to raise the funds necessary to continue the Project:
- We have been having huge yard sales in the spring annually since 2010.
- We mail a newsletter out to our supporters twice a year.
- Last year we started what we hope will be an annual event: a gala auction. The first one was a big success.
- One of our volunteers makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind crocheted cats that are for sale at The House That Art Built.
- We are working on 2015 calendar that will feature OFCP cats – both ferals and cute kittens.
- Another volunteer made two wonderful quilts for which we are selling raffle tickets. These quilts will be displayed around town.
New ideas and new volunteers are always welcome!
Follow the Ontario Feral Cat Project online at ontarioferalcats.org. They have many kittens and cats that are available for adoption.
Please take a look at this website as it is full of information regarding the feral cat population, different projects and such.